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Adam Burnside, Todd Stubbs and Jason Gongaware. Stubbs said he was coming back with a bang after COVID-19 put a damper on previous year's expos. (Photos by Lesley Dwyer)

Longboat Key and Lakewood Ranch businesses mingle at expo

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Adam Burnside, Todd Stubbs and Jason Gongaware. Stubbs said he was coming back with a bang after COVID-19 put a damper on previous year's expos. (Photos by Lesley Dwyer)

Juliette and Andrew Evans attend the expo with their dad, Jason Evans. Evans office is around the corner from Robarts Arena.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Juliette and Andrew Evans attend the expo with their dad, Jason Evans. Evans office is around the corner from Robarts Arena.

Mike and Zach Easton set up a booth at the expo for the first time. They opened Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration in March 2021.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Mike and Zach Easton set up a booth at the expo for the first time. They opened Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration in March 2021.

Cheryl Mussio from First Horizon tries a reflexology roller machine manned by Nancy Perna of Exclusive Shape.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Cheryl Mussio from First Horizon tries a reflexology roller machine manned by Nancy Perna of Exclusive Shape.

Brittany Lamont chats up Lauren Tominelli at the East Meets West Expo at Robarts Arena.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Brittany Lamont chats up Lauren Tominelli at the East Meets West Expo at Robarts Arena.

Longtime chamber members Tom Martin and Melissa Rand from Aqua Plumbing & Air.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Longtime chamber members Tom Martin and Melissa Rand from Aqua Plumbing & Air.

Gino Orellana, Emerson Robbins and Grace Stelmashenko mingle in front of Orellana's sales training booth.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Gino Orellana, Emerson Robbins and Grace Stelmashenko mingle in front of Orellana's sales training booth.

Ellie Levine and Peyton Davis representing Cat Depot, who gets a booth at the expo every year.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Ellie Levine and Peyton Davis representing Cat Depot, who gets a booth at the expo every year.

Jessica Ralidak, Petra Cardoso and Kristin Desermia representing Coastal Hearing Care in matching T-shirts.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Jessica Ralidak, Petra Cardoso and Kristin Desermia representing Coastal Hearing Care in matching T-shirts.

Husband and wife team, Bruce and Lori Abramson, work the Legal Shield and ID Shield booth. They've been members of the alliance for five years.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Husband and wife team, Bruce and Lori Abramson, work the Legal Shield and ID Shield booth. They've been members of the alliance for five years.

Caitlyn Zaborowski and Gail Loefgren from the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce are all smiles now that the planning and organizing of the expo is over. Loefgren was pleased with the turnout.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Caitlyn Zaborowski and Gail Loefgren from the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce are all smiles now that the planning and organizing of the expo is over. Loefgren was pleased with the turnout.

Kim Raber serving up roasted turkey and gourmet potatoes from Der Dutchman.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Kim Raber serving up roasted turkey and gourmet potatoes from Der Dutchman.

Charles Kaine with Children First and Alan Hazley stop by the Home-Tech booth to network with Margo McQueen and Kim Urbuteit.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Charles Kaine with Children First and Alan Hazley stop by the Home-Tech booth to network with Margo McQueen and Kim Urbuteit.

Margo McQueen remembers the early days of the expo and still brings candy.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Margo McQueen remembers the early days of the expo and still brings candy.

DJ Alex Li from Complete Weddings and Events, who is an alliance member and offered the entertainment in-kind.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

DJ Alex Li from Complete Weddings and Events, who is an alliance member and offered the entertainment in-kind.

Madleen Kvederis joins Tommy Finnan of Coldwell Banker Realty at the expo on Sept. 15 at Robarts Arena.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Madleen Kvederis joins Tommy Finnan of Coldwell Banker Realty at the expo on Sept. 15 at Robarts Arena.

Jeff Martin, Chris Porter and Charlie Murphy from Hotwire Communications. They're members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Jeff Martin, Chris Porter and Charlie Murphy from Hotwire Communications. They're members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly Erdmann and Michelle Fodor from Nothing Bundt Cakes serve up samples for the fifth time at an East Meets West Expo.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022 |

Kelly Erdmann and Michelle Fodor from Nothing Bundt Cakes serve up samples for the fifth time at an East Meets West Expo.

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